Press Releases 2014-2015

Canolfan Peniarth makes key contribution to the development of Welsh Government’s New Deal for teachers


On 16 March 2015, the Education Minister announced plans to improve support for teachers in Wales to develop their career through the New Deal scheme, which will in effect, restructure continuing professional development programmes for teachers.

The announcement for the New Deal by the Education Minister follows the Welsh Government’s recent announcement on the development of the Professional Learning Model programme, which is a new programme to improve the quality of professional practice in the education sector.  This programme provides a basis for the ‘New Deal’ and includes the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) programme.

The ‘New Deal’ provides high quality professional learning opportunities to practitioners during their career, and recently, in collaboration with staff from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Institute for Work Based Learning, and Wales Centre for Equality in Education, Canolfan Peniarth has developed a range of innovative learning packs resources and e-learning packs that will provide practical guidance on themes such as Reflective Practice, Effective use of Data and Research, Effective Collaboration, and Coaching and Mentoring.  These learning packs will provide sufficient depth to support Masters-level study, and in particular the Welsh Government’s Masters in Education Practice (MEP) and will be recorded within a new Professional Learning Passport that will be introduced to every teacher through the New Deal.

Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth said, “As a centre that serves the education sector in Wales, it has been very exciting for us at Canolfan Peniarth to be able to make a significant contribution to these innovative learning packs and the development of the New Deal.  We have been able to bring together expertise from different departments and faculties across the University to create an exciting series of reflective resources for the teaching profession”.

The resources can be found on the Welsh Government’s Learning Wales website. Not only do the resources contribute to the MEP, but they are also available to the public free of charge.  For more information, visit the Learning Wales website.

As well as developing innovative resources for the education sector in Wales, another aspect of Canolfan Peniarth’s work is to provide language-training opportunities for the sector.  With the National Sabbatical Scheme courses being run by Peniarth in South West and Mid-Wales, it is anticipated that these opportunities for intensive training programmes will increase in popularity as the Government introduces the New Deal.

Further Information

For more information, please contact Gruff Ifan, Communications Manager at Canolfan Peniarth by calling 01267 225 153 or by emailing